Citrus BBQ Sauce

Popular store-bought barbecue sauces contain a hefty amount of sugar and sodium. But this delicious recipe, from chef Glenn Rolnick, will give you major flavor with healthier ingredients. Bring on the citrus flavors all year long with this Asian-influenced mixture: It will become your new go-to barbecue sauce!

2 Navel oranges (cut in half)
1 cup Apple juice
1 cup Water
1 cup Apple cider vinegar
1 cup White onion (diced)
2 tbsp Chopped fresh garlic
2 Large limes
2 Lemons
2 cups Low-sugar ketchup
1/2 cup Yellow mustard
1 oz Worcestershire sauce
1 oz Soy sauce
1 tsp Chili powder
1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Crushed red pepper
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp Liquid smoke ( if desired )
1/2 Fresh jalapeño pepper, split and seeded
1/3 cup Puréed dates

In a 2-3 quart saucepan add navel oranges, apple juice, water, apple cider vinegar, white onion, fresh garlic, limes, and jalapeno. Squeeze juice from oranges and lemons and put in everything including the shells.

Bring to a boil and reduce by half to bring out the natural sweetness. Lime shells can be removed about half way through reduction.

Once reduced, lower flame and add the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, soy sauce, dates, chili powder, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, salt, and liquid smoke.

Stir over low heat for about 10 additional minutes.

Strain and serve.